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On Ice - Field Report

Posted on: Monday, January 22, 2007


I am currently participating in a group show called "On Ice" at the Williams Center Art Gallery at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. The exhibit, which runs from early January through February 11, 2007, was curated by the multimedia artist Kathy Bruce. What I love about this show is the selfless, warm synergy between artists and scientists. Some of the pieces employ ice as a medium, while others examine its fragility, resiliency, and its role as a harbinger of environmental instability.



Stacy Levy's "Ice Clock" is a constant reminder of the passage of time, the race for global solutions, and the impact of our often land-locked decisions on the both immediate future and our long-range view.



Buzz Spector's, "Freeze Freud" (2001), a dye infusion POLAROID print, penetrates the layers of the psyche and humanity's permafrost-stasis and goads us into considering how long our sentiments and possessions can be archived and stored.


Not pictured in this report is the remarkable Ice Cello performance video by Joan Jeanrenaud, Tara O'Brien's ice book, "Natural Elements", and Marshall Reese's political commentary, time-lapse video called, "The State of Things", in which the word democracy is sculpted and then melts, cracks, and slowly dissolves before the viewer's gaze. Many wonderful artists, writers, book makers, photographers, and scientists contributed to this exhibition effort. Kathy Bruce, the curator, and Michiko Okaya, the gallery director, have really set up an (ice) flow of related activities and lectures as well.


On Monday, January 29 at 8pm, the ornithologist Dr. George Divorsky of The University of Alaska at Fairbanks will speak at Lafayette College on "Watching the Arctic Melt Away: Three Decades of Change from a Warming Globe".


Crocheted Snow 03, fiber, ice, and vegetation, Abigail Doan (2006)

Go to The Williams Center Art Gallery website for more information:
http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~artscntr/williams/wms_art_gall.php#Ice

All of the above images were taken by Abigail Doan

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